Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Surprise! Surprise! I'm back with the HP today.  One day I'm going to be regular as I do love to answer Joyce's questions.  But, life gets in the way sometimes and it seems to get more regular. ~smile~

1. What's one thing you're excited about in the coming month? 

Well, there are a couple of things and they both involve the Grans.

Next weekend we will be going to Lafayette to watch this cute little redhead play ball.  Her All Star team won 1st place in their district, so now they go to state.  It is going to be hotter than hot but we are going prepared with battery operated fans, sun screen, comfortable chairs and a sun umbrella. They are so much fun to watch and I think are really good players considering they are 8-9 years old. And, I can get real excited, as if you even wondered. ~chuckle~ I still have to be a bit careful with getting too excited with my hands and arms as it hurts my neck. But, that won't be for much longer and I don't do well not being able to fully express my excitement.

We will go to Oklahoma the end of July to see these "knuckle heads" show sheep.  It is a Jackpot Show and that means that the siblings of those showing are allowed to show.  The "legal" age for showing is 9 and Coleman is 7 and Case is 3, but they have been around sheep showing their entire lives, so they know the ropes.  I cannot wait to watch them and since you can't get too excited or loud at these shows, I will definitely have to use full control.  The show is actually on my birthday, so what a fun celebration it will be.

2. What was your life like when you were ten years old? 

My Mom and me when I was 10 years old

My Dad entered the ministry when I was 8 years old and his first church was in Alma, Arkansas. We lived there for 4 years so that included my 10th year. We lived in the church parsonage off of a dirt road and Daddy put up a rope swing immediately for my brother and me.  The house was surrounded by woods and we spent countless hours playing outside, building forts, and playing hide and seek.  I have fond memories of being 10 except that I did not care for my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Brown. Funny the things we remember.

3. What's something from your childhood you still enjoy today? 

My paternal Grandmother loved to play games and anytime we were at her house, we played some kind of game.  Now, mind you, there were not that many games available, mainly Dominos and Old Maid.  Those two and Chinese checkers were the main games.  As a result I have always enjoyed game playing.  Growing up our family played monopoly a lot and now I enjoy playing games with the Grans.  The gran girls are generally ready to play anytime and as long as I can keep them from getting too competitive, we do just fine.  

4. What state (that you haven't been to) do you most want to visit? Tell us why. 

To be honest, I am not jumping at the chance to go anywhere right now outside of seeing family.  But, I think going to Wyoming/Montana to see Yellowstone National Park would be quite an experience.  In all of my travels, that is one place we have yet to go.

5. Do you like to drive? Tell us how you learned to drive. 

I don't mind driving, but I'm not  a fan of driving on trips. I do try to drive some on trips to give Hubby a break.

I learned to drive on a Dodge Rambler (pictured above) with a standard transmission.  My Daddy taught me to drive because my Mom was a nervous Nellie at the thought of it.  He took me out on some none busy roads. Now, driving a standard shift car is not the easiest car to learn to drive but that's what most folks had "back in the day."  And, once you learn to drive a standard shift, I'm not sure you ever forget.  

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Front of pillow

Back of pillow 

I was looking through some items in one of our guest bedroom closets a few months ago.  I pulled down a container and inside it was my Daddy's Navy blues.  They were in mint condition but I had no idea what I or anyone else would ever do with them.  I was telling Bridget about it and she immediately said  that I should have a pillow made out of it for my youngest brother.  Well, I thought that was a genius suggestion, especially since I knew just the gal to do it.  She is the same gal that made me teddy bears out of some of my Daddy's shirts for the 5 Grans.  Anyway, I met with her and told her what I was wanting and she exceeded my expectation.  You can see above how she used the entire top on the front and back of the pillow.  I thought it was about the neatest way possible to preserve his uniform and my brother was very pleased and has it displayed in their home.  You can check out my friends Facebook page under, Peggy's Stitches and yes, she has done work for folks long distance.  Her work is impeccable!

Monday, June 5, 2023

June Prime Purchases

Wow, the year is almost half over! I know it sounds trite, but it is the truth, time flies by. Hope you will enjoy this month's Prime Purchases.


This is such a fun bracelet and I love that it stretches over your hand.  The beads add such a nice touch and it makes a lovely bracelet.  I wear a bracelet almost everyday and a necklace and earrings.  It doesn't matter if I'm dressed casually or more dressed up.  I love accessories! And, it would make a great gift.


I saw this over at Katie's blog, The Preppy Empty Nester, the week of my neck surgery and I KNEW that I had to have it.  I used it multiple times a day to help with the muscle spasms the first few days following my surgery.  It is the "cats meow" for sure.  I'm sure I will use it a lot because heat always feels good on your neck and shoulders. Just sayin'.......


Ladies, this is a lovely, lovely piece of fashion jewelry and looks wayyyyy more expensive than its actual cost.  It is very well made and I get many conpliments every time I wear it.  It's a statement piece for sure.


I do love scones but I rarely make them.  But, I make cornbread a lot and I decided I needed this pan that would bake it in perfect wedges.  It's a Nordic Ware brand and so heavy and well made.  I'm pretty sure it is made to last a lifetime.


I love these shoes!  I'm a fan of Lucky Brand because their shoes run narrow and I can generally wear a medium just fine and I can't say that about many brands.  Lucky does not make narrow shoes so I'm really glad these fit as they have the perfect height heel and such a cute look.  I got both the above color and navy.


These are so good looking and go perfectly with the necklace I mentioned above.  The disc on the above necklace is hammered so these look as though they were made to go with it.  They are also great to wear without the necklace.  


I have never ever had a blackout mask but decided that I might enjoy having one when Hubby is reading and I'm ready to go to sleep.  He usually only has on a small light but any light in an otherwise dark room is bright.  This little jewel does the trick and is very comfortable.  I always take it off the first time I wake up in the night.


I've posted about these little jewels in previous posts but, I just ordered more and decided I'd tell you about them again.  They are the best cable/cord ties in the world.  This is the short ones but they come in several lengths.  I have them all and use them all the time.  I cannot stand tangled cords!


Folks, this is the neatest little vacuum and when I say little, I mean little.  But, I often need to get into tight places to clean and this little jewel does the job.  I had a coffee pod explode in my coffee pot a few weeks ago and simply could NOT get all the coffee grounds cleaned out.  That is what prompted me to go looking for a mini vacuum cleaner.  I had taken the coffee pot apart to the point that I could but there were still pesky dry grounds.  So, when this came in, I could hardly wait to give it a try.  Now, it is definitely NOT made for big jobs but it works great for small crevices, tight places and the such.  I really have a love affair with vacuum cleaners.  I have the dandy Black and Decker cordless handheld vacuum that I use all the time, a cordless Dyson and now this.  I think I'm set now for any and all needs of vacuuming.



This is the cutest, very well made, little stool.  I wanted something to sit a small fan on that I run at night.  It's my white noise to sleep by. ~smile~  It is 9" high and  and made of oak.  I'm pretty sure it could be a step stool for a small child but not this gal.  But, it is just perfect for my fan.

And, there you have it for this go around.  I hope you saw something that "spoke" to you and you can go add it to your cart.  I enjoy hearing that you ordered one of my "prime items" and are so enjoying it.  I guess I should let Amazon know that they owe me a "seller's fee." ~joking~

Have a great new week!